The Role of Governor

Within England, there are over 300,000 School/Academy Governors, who form the largest volunteer force in the country.

The roles of individual Governors, and subsequently members of a Governing Body, work collectively to perform a strategic role and carry out key functions such as:

  • Discuss and set the aims and objectives for the Academy.
  • Set the required policies for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Set the required targets for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress that the Academy is making towards its set aims and objectives.

Finally the role of the Academy Governor is to be a source of challenge and support to the Principal, i.e. a ‘critical friend.’

A full list of governors is reproduced below.


Bower Park Academy governing body

Appointed as
Date appointed
Mr Dave Harries Chair September 2016
Mrs Katie Hogan lnterim Transition Board  September 2016
Mr Andrew Mann lnterim Transition Board September 2016
Mr Ian Smith lnterim Transition Board September 2016
Mr Stuart McLaughlin Principal January 2017
Mr Gary Barber Local Governance Committee  1 year June 2017
Matthijs van Vulpen Local Governance Committee  1 year June 2017
Neil Consterdine Local Governance Committee 1 year June 2017
Miss Nicola Savage Local Governance Committee November 2017
Mrs Amanda Ryott Local Governance Committee November 2017

Dave Harries
– Dave is an accountant by training and is now acting as a business consultant, but has undertaken many different functional roles in several industries (predominantly in the Lloyd’s insurance market and the television production sector). Dave has been a governor at Hall Mead for 12 years and is also chair of governors at Squirrels Heath Junior School. He is a trustee of the National Governors’ Association. Dave is married to a teacher and together they have two daughters aged 23 and 21.

Katie Hogan – (formerly Katie Conquest) – After graduating from the University of Kent, Canterbury, Katie had a short career in the city with positions in UBS and RBS Corporate Finance. ln 2003 Katie decided to retrain as a history teacher in her native Havering. After training, she began her teaching career at Bower Park School, which she enjoyed for over 11 years, holding a variety of posts. Katie decided to take a career break at the start of 2015 to spend more time with her two young children. Katie is also a member of the governing body at the James Oglethorpe Primary School in Upminster.

Andrew Mann – Andy has been a governor at Bower Park school since 2002, and has served on various committees. He first joined the school whilst he was a Havering councillor for the Collier Row ward, which he served between 2002 and 2010. During that time Andy was also a governor at Clockhouse and Pinewood primary schools. He works full-time as a local government officer in an inner London borough. Andy has been involved with the community for many years and is currently the District Commissioner for Scouting in Romford, with responsibility for over 1,000 children and 400 adult leaders and supporters.

lan Smith – lan started work as an accountant before moving on to work for the London Fire Brigade, where he has worked for the past 22 years. He currently works as a station commander in Havering. His first involvement with the school was as a student when it was called Chase Cross Comprehensive and now has two children of his own who attend the school. He has been a governor at Bower Park Academy for the past 3 years.

Nicola Savage – After graduating from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2012, Nicola decided to train as a history teacher and complete her PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church University. Once qualified, Nicola returned to Havering and began teaching at Bower Park Academy in 2013. In addition to teaching history, she also delivers the Sound Training intervention programme to help increase the reading ages of students and make a difference to their motivation, confidence and ability across the curriculum.

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